Before reading this entry, you may want to check out my previous entry on how an automatic transmission works since this will provide some useful background information that will help you to understand how and why these transmissions can fail.
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To get a better understanding of how an automatic transmission works, the best place to start is the bell housing, which contains a torque converter as opposed to a clutch found in manual vehicles.
There are two main types of transmissions: automatics and manuals (but there are ). But when answering the question “How does a transmission work” we were mostly referring to a manual transmission in our explanation. Remember, automatic transmissions came after the manual transmission and if you know how a manual works, you’ll get the basic idea of how an automatic transmission works. While a manual transmission requires the driver to manually change gear ratios, an automatic does this on its own through the use of fluid pressure. Automatic transmission fluid provides the necessary pressure to activate clutches and bands that in turn determines what gear the vehicle should be in. The is what’s responsible for changing gear ratios, and it consists of a sun gear surrounded by smaller planet gears carried by a planet carrier enclosed in a ring gear. Whew, that was a mouthful!